A South African woman has broken the Guinness World Record after giving birth to ten babies on Monday night.
Gosiame Thamara Sithole, 37, gave birth to decuplets, two more than her doctor had earlier detected during medical scans.
Her husband, Teboho Tsotetsi, said that she delivered seven boys and three girls through a caesarian section. Sithole reportedly delivered her babies at 29 weeks of pregnancy.
“It’s a miracle which I appreciate. I had to go do my own research on whether a person could really conceive eight children. It was a new thing. I knew about twins, triplets and even quadruplets,” Tsotetsi added.
Initial scan detected six babies
Initial scans had detected six babies but later, the number grew to eight after another scan. Doctors reportedly told her that the earlier scan had not captured the two, as they were positioned in the wrong tube.
Her husband was equally perplexed, admitting that it took him a while to accept the news. Although unemployed and therefore an uphill task of taking care of the kids, the man embraced the blessings he was about to receive.
“I didn’t believe it. I doubted it. I was convinced that if it was more, it would be twins or triplets, not more than that. When the doctor told me, I took time to believe it. Even when I saw the scans I didn’t believe it. But, as time went by, I realised it was indeed true. I battled to sleep at night though,” he said.
At the start of her pregnancy, Sithole said that it was very tough, as she experienced pains most of the time. Tsotetsi revealed that his wife experienced leg pains and heartburn eight months into the pregnancy.
Sithole beats Malian Halima Cissé who gave birth to nine children last month in Morocco.